When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?

The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the United States and effectively ends the ban that was still in effect in 14 states. We wake up this morning with a feeling of accomplishment in recognition of a progressive step toward true civil rights for all Americans. But sadly, within the midst … More When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?

“F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor

I wrote the following post as a Facebook status back in January during my time as a student teacher in San Diego. The sentiment still remains and, as I venture to the new school year as a teacher, I am remembering how annoyed I am at times. I added more at the end. ____________ I … More “F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor

A Black Woman’s Plight: Our Women’s Struggle In the Music Industry

Black women in music have had a progression through time.  In the early 20th century, Black women created a name for themselves with a brand new genre of black music. The Blues, headed by forerunner Ma Rainey, paved a road for Black women to express themselves on a national level. As time progressed and Jazz … More A Black Woman’s Plight: Our Women’s Struggle In the Music Industry

More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete

Introduction The exploitation of Black men has been a reality in America since the first slave ship docked from Africa.  Since then, black men have been used, not only for the economic gain of their oppressor, but as a cruel and degrading form of entertainment.  The lynching of Black people, the burning of Black bodies, … More More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete

The Comedic Express: Comedy and Ebonics, A Love and Hate Relationship

Introduction Making people laugh is an eloquent art-form that dates back centuries to many possible origins. Many movies and comedians attempt and fail to provide comedic relief in their entertainment strategies and fall from grace. Others are successful in this attempt and flourish because they know how to connect to what people want to hear.  … More The Comedic Express: Comedy and Ebonics, A Love and Hate Relationship

Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education

Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom.  Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”.  … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education

My Open Letter to Drake: An Opportunity for Positive Change

Dear Drake, I want to start off by congratulating you on your success. Your talents in acting and music have led you to become a superstar across the globe. I am a fan of your music, as are my family, friends, and youth that I teach and coach. Since this country was founded, it has … More My Open Letter to Drake: An Opportunity for Positive Change